Network Integration - Network hardware: mbNET is a set of hardware, software and portal-server building blocks that revolutionizes the remote maintenance market and solves the decade old problem of reliable and affordable remote access to industrial equipment. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice finalist.
The product combines technological advances in communication technology with unique ease-of-use packaging to enable the integration of remote maintenance, system monitoring and data logging applications by industrial automation experts without requiring changes or extensions to corporate IT-Structures or strategies. mbNet revolutionizes the remote service market for industrial equipment by offering: Rapid, location-independent access to machines and systems; Short downtimes due to efficient service in the event of a breakdown; System monitoring for faults, or exceeded limits, with alarms via email or text message; Logging of relevant operating data for archiving and trend analysis; System programming and optimization from anywhere in the world.
mbNet makes rigorous use of recognized Internet and IT standards and supports easy monitoring and visualization of globally distributed installations, even via smartphone or mobile devices. Using the secure mobile device access, service technicians can easy, mobile web access monitor, visualize and control distributed systems without the need for fixed PCs. The unique portal server component offers an unparalleled level of security including VPN server and reliable VPN terminal devices with no tunnel end points outside of the corporate access area. The mbNet product not only enables new possibilities for more responsiveness and new efficiencies in service processes, but also allows equipment manufacturers and automation control experts to turn their support organizations from a cost center into a profit center.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.